Over the last three decades, few artists have taken on projects of such ambitious scale, originality and technical innovation as Matthew Barney. Since his graduation from Yale in 1989, Barney has created a body of work that incorporates sculpture, installation, performance and video art, work that is often executed in series over the course of many years. His latest body of work, titled Redoubt, is centered around a feature-length film set in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountain Range, and layers classical, cosmological, and American myths about humanity’s place in the world. The film adopts the ancient myth of Diana, goddess of the hunt, and Acteon, a hunter who trespasses on her, as its narrative framework.
The Redoubt etchings draw on scenes from the film and combine traditional printmaking processes with an electroplating technique that was developed collaboratively at Two Palms and the Barney studio over the course of several years. A network of copper is propagated through minute pores in the paper etchings, creating metallic nodules that partially obscure the engraved lines.